Dubai/ London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday that they have been asked by their president, Sharad Pawar, to reconsider proposals to streamline the cricket World Cup.
Under plans announced during an ICC summit in Mumbai earlier in April 2011, participation at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups will be restricted to just the 10 full ICC member teams.
This year’s World Cup, won by India, featured 14 teams, and the decision to exclude non Test-playing nations such as Ireland and Kenya from future editions prompted angry protests from the countries set to be left out.
A media release issued by the ICC states that the ICC Executive Board will be requested to reconsider the composition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 during the Annual Conference in Hong Kong at the end of June 2011.
“I have given this matter further serious thought and will request the Board to consider this topic once more. I can understand the views of the Associates and Affiliates and ICC will seek to deal with this issue in the best way possible.” Pawar was quoted to have said in the press release.
The Board had also confirmed its previous decision made in October 2010 that the next two World Cups (in 2015 and 2019) would comprise 10 teams.
According to the release these decisions were part of a strategic restructure of ICC events and the context and content for international cricket.
As part of the restructure, a Test play-off for the top four teams was introduced and the ICC World Twenty20 was expanded to 16 teams.
The executive board had also agreed in Mumbai that the 10 teams for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England would be determined on the basis of qualification.